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Oct 18, 2011 03:46 PM

Recommendation for Sunday afternoon lunch/brunch in Boulder?

Need a recommendation for a Sunday brunch/lunch in Boulder in December.
I went to CU for my undergrad but I haven't been back to visit since 2005 and I'm finally making a trip out for skiing this winter.
I persuaded my husband to drive through Boulder on our way to Vail so he can see my old stomping grounds.
We'll be flying into DIA around noon and then driving to Boulder, so should arrive by 2 pm.
We are both foodies and we'll only be in Boulder for ONE meal so I want to make sure I pick the right thing :)
I don't know what's good anymore since it has been so long - I used to really like The Med, Brasserie 10 10, Mateo, and actually this amazing hole in the wall Italian place called Il Pastaio in the Sunrise Shopping Center that made amazing gnocci (but wasn't open weekends).

I would love to know what the hot places are now - or if the old ones are still good!

Thank you!

Il Pastaio
3075 Arapahoe Ave Unit B, Boulder, CO 80303

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    1. I think the majority of restaurants stop offering brunch by 2pm, so you'd need to check the specific restaurant. I know that Snooze, a new brunch place in Boulder, is open till 2:30, so they'd potentially be an option.

      Hard to say where to recommend, though, without more info. Do you want a higher-end place (like Brasserie or Mateo), or a funkier place (like Snooze)? Brunch-specific, or a place that would do a variety of food? Any particular cuisines you like? Any limitations (vegetarian, vegan, allergies, etc.)?

      1. Tangerine is open until 2:30. But agreed, the timing isn't perfect.

        Pizza is a hot new thing in Boulder, maybe go to Pizzeria Locale (same people that own Frasca) for some very authentic and delicious Neapolitan pizza?

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        1. re: LurkerDan

          Sadly, I can't eat pizza because its a "fresh dough" and that gives me migraines (fresh bagels too :( - very sad)

        2. Hi, Thanks to all for your help!
          We are both very much foodies - farm to table, good quality food/service, not too stuffy :)
          Snooze opened after I left CO so I've never been - I used to brunch at Le Peep and Walnut Cafe.
          We'd be OK with either lunch OR brunch, as long as the place is delish!

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          1. re: theamusedbouche

            Well, I'm kind of high on Snooze right now (just went for the first time), so I'd recommend it as my favorite brunch in Boulder at the moment. They can do just about everything gluten-free, so I don't think your dough allergy would be a problem.

            Also, if you like high-end creative Mexican, Centro has a great brunch that they do until 3pm on Sundays (plus you can order off the regular menu).

            950 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

            1. re: theamusedbouche

              And sadly, I visited Le Peep a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty horrible. I don't know if we just caught them on an off day or what, but it was pretty close to inedible and our server seemed personally affronted every time we asked for anything (like menus, or silverware, neither of which was given to us without asking for it). I used to like Le Peep, so hopefully it was an off day. But I wouldn't risk it if you only have one day in town.

              1. re: monopod

                Sad for LePeep! I remember huge post-party college breakfasts there were always fun. But, sometimes places just go downhill

              2. re: theamusedbouche

                Snooze is really good! I don't know about the Boulder location, but I've enjoyed the Denver locations a lot.

              3. The places that you mentioned and remember fondly are all still there, but mid-afternoon on a Sunday is a real challenge. Most places close (or at least stop serving brunch) at 2. The Kitchen [Next Door] on Pearl just west of The Kitchen (the old Tom's Tavern location) opens at 11. Service might be ongoing thru the evening. You'd have to check. The Pinyon (1710) serves Sunday brunch but is very cagey about its opening hours. Catch an earlier flight????? Good luck.